Children combine creativity and science to conduct cool experiments at library
Thirteen youngsters recently got to enjoy some hands-on science learning.
The children ages 8 to 12 learned how to conduct two experiments as part of the Summer Science Club at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library west of Delray Beach. They were led by Stephanie Rudisill, youth services librarian, and Caitlin Connelly, library associate.
Clad in white bib aprons, the women had preset a place setting with a tray and materials needed to conduct the two experiments, including a pair of safety goggles everyone had to wear.
Included for the first experiment were baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, a plastic bottle, a small funnel and a pan to catch the mess.
“Using your funnel, pour the baking soda into the bottom of the bottle,” Connelly told the children. “Add six drops of food coloring to the baking soda in the bottle. Then quickly pour in the vinegar.”
The mixture quickly bubbled over the bottle and into the pan. The kids squealed with delight as the energized red, green or blue liquid overflowed.
After a brief clean-up session came the second experiment, dubbed “elephant toothpaste.”
Rudisill led the students this time.
“In the small container provided, mix together the yeast and warm water and then set it aside,” she said. “Pour the hydrogen peroxide into your empty water bottle, using the funnel. Add the food coloring and liquid dish soap to the hydrogen peroxide in the bottle. Using your funnel, pour the water and yeast mixture into the bottle.”
A thick outpouring of colored foam forced its way out of each youngster’s bottle.
As the thick foam oozed out of each bottle, the kids were laughing and pointing to each other’s experiment.
“That’s why it’s called elephant toothpaste,” Rudisill said.
Rudisill said the summer program provides a fun learning experience.
“Both Caitlin and I love doing these experiments,” she said. “The kids are learning and having a lot of fun. … This year’s summer program, Fizz, Boom, Read, gave us the perfect opportunity to bring together reading and science.”
Analia Jimenez, of Delray Beach, brought her two children, Gabriel Fusaro, 10, and Andrea Fusaro, 8.
“The children enthusiastically participated in these two experiments,” she said. “The children learned vocabulary related to chemical reactions and predicted the experiments’ outcomes.”
Gabriel and Andrea Fusaro enjoy conducting an experiment as part of the Summer Science Club at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library.